NASA's Juno spacecraft has travelled over Jupiter, collecting
data that reveals the gas giant's Great Red Spot penetrates well below the
video shared by Nasa, which was created by combining an image from the
JunoCam imager with a computer-generated animation, takes the viewer on a
simulated flight into, and then out of, Jupiter’s upper atmosphere at the
location of the Great Red Spot.
"Juno data indicates that the solar system's most
famous storm is almost one-and-a-half Earths wide, and has roots that penetrate
about 300 kilometres into the planet's atmosphere," says Scott Bolton,
Juno's principal investigator.
“While the storm has been monitored since 1830, it has
possibly existed for more than 350 years,” says Nasa, adding that in the 19th
century, the Great Red Spot was over two Earths wide, but is now decreasing in